Until then, we as fans get to experience an immense amount of self-promotion and corporate sponsorship neatly wrapped together as our pair of fighters attempt to milk every last penny out of the opportunity.
Today, we have Pacquiao demonstrating for us (and Nike) what he calls his “Inner Strength”, mixed in there with your typical training highlights in a three minute video.
Nike was sure to have Pac drop a few inspirational quotes for the ad, including “When you have your mind in training, you’re excited you’re happy to train“. With the amount of work these guys put in you’ve got to love training or find another career, so there’s not much news there.
As for his age: “when you get older you have to balance your body you have to give your time to your body to rest“; and the best quote of it all, in my opinion, near the end of the video: “you have to give your hard work before you get the crown”.
Yes – all of those lines are incredibly obvious and equally as corny. I’m still eating this up, though, because I can’t get enough hype for this fight. Plus, we all know how serious this dude is when he talks about coming for that crown.
May 2nd can’t get here fast enough.